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August 3, 2015


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Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen Aug. 4-7

We are open for breakfast at 8 a.m., Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day. Come in and try our Greek omelet or bacon, egg and cheese on our own ciabatta.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Minestrone soup
Roast beef Swiss & bacon melt
Turkey bacon avocado sub
Strawberry salad

Italian chicken soup
Fish platter
Tomato basil pasta with chicken
Asian sesame chicken salad

Were you in the 1980 BHS show choir?

Thirty-five school years ago this was the Bluffton High School show choir. 

The Icon needs help putting names to faces on this photo. Is Phil Burson the director?

We see the following: Ray Ruggley (second from left, front row), Wendy Shumaker (seated in front), John Shannon, (seated in front).

Top left, Cheryl Pannabecker, Jon Szabo, Mark Yoder. Dina Pannabecker on the left behind the drum set.

As always, we welcome comments and names of other members of the show choir.


Kelly Birchnaugh was a U.S. Army veteran

Kelly E. Birchnaugh, 65, died Aug. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at his residence. Kelly was born May 13, 1950, in Bluffton to Joseph and Evelyn (Petty) Birchnaugh who preceded him in death. On July 11, 1986, he married Debra Dray Birchnaugh and she survives.

Kelly was a heavy equipment operator for Gerken Materials, Bluffton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 


Karen Sue "Susie" Herr 1960-2015

Karen Sue (Susie) Herr, 54, died at 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 1 at Richland Manor nursing home in Bluffton.

Susie was born on Dec. 11, 1960, in Bluffton, to Donald and Mary Ann (Basinger) Herr who survive. She is survived by her sister Terry Numbers of Ada and brothers Bob (Sharon) Herr of Cairo, Mardy (Lisa) Herr of Bluffton, Jim (Robin) Herr of Bluffton, and Jeremy (Tracie) Herr of McComb. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


Almira Downey was a Beaverdam HS and Ohio Northern University graduate

Almira M. (Moser) Downey, 85, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby, Ohio. She was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Beaverdam to the late Clair and Olof (Karrick) Moser.  On May 28, 1959, she married Russell E. Downey who preceded her in death on June 21, 1990.


Council's safety services committee looks at College-Main intersection issues

Bluffton council’s safety services committee discussed the College-Main intersection during a noon meeting on July 28.

The minutes reflect several points discussed. Those include:

• Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent, agreed to place information in a letter to school-age parents regarding cross walk safety.

• Requested the superintendent to talk with teachers and bus drivers to raise awareness of cross walk safety.

• The village will provide safety coloring booklets to students in grades one, two and three.

M and M Veggies: Brother and sister farmers' market team

It started out as a way to supplement the cost of college tuition. It did that and is now a successful and popular Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor.

M and M Veggies, a Saturday morning farmers’ market fixture, is owned by brother and sister-team Mark and Meredith Bixel of rural Bluffton.


This is their ninth year in the Bluffton market for Meredith and the fifth year for Mark.


"Mike" Laudick 1924-2015

Mervin “Mike” Laudick, 91, of Spring City, Tenn., formerly of Delphos, died on Thursday July 30, 2015, at The Bridge at Rockwood in Rockwood, Tenn.

He was born June 19, 1924, at home in Delphos, to Alfred David and Adelyn Catherine (Reindel) Laudick. Who both preceded him in death. He married Patricia Adams on May 20, 1950; Patricia preceded him in death on April 28, 2003.


Citizens National Bank offers mobile banking for businesses on smartphones

Citizens National Bank now offers a service that provides mobile banking for businesses on smartphones.

This free service is available to any customer who uses Online for Business, CNB’s business online banking package. Authorized users can approve transactions, monitor accounts and even make mobile deposits.

Customers simply need to search the App Store or Google Play for “Citizens National Bank Business” and download the app, login with their current online banking credentials and begin banking.


Food Pantry benefits Ebenezer Drama Ensemble mystery dinner theatre

Ebenezer Mennonite Church Drama Ensemble presents a dinner theatre at the church in August. Proceeds go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry.

The performance of “Suspect Hollywood,” by Nancy Bond, a one-act mystery, directed by Kevin Gratz, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8-9, beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Performances are in the Crossroads Center at the church, located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Tickets are on sale in the church office at $10 each.